Just Thelma

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Star Publish, 2005 - Fiction - 328 pages
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Set in the 1930's on a farm in Minnesota, a young boy and an old man find sanctuary on top of the windmill and inside the cupola on the barn. A mother dies, leaving her teenaged daughter to keep house for a family of six adult men and one adopted infant. Three of her brothers marry, her uncle dies and the child is reclaimed by his natural father when he turns nineteen. She fills the void in her home with another kind of orphan, a runaway teenage girl. Complications from shattered relationships, new social ties and normal events of farm life create constant challenges. When all seems well, the catastrophe occurs. Through the screen of humor and pathos, ordinary people struggle to find that balance between themselves and their environment. Their actions are neither heroic nor tragic. Through joys and sorrows they seek fulfillment and find a sustained optimism.

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After a teaching career in suburbia, Roger Storkamp developed a nostalgia for the rural Minnesota setting of his childhood and adolescent years. Away to college was his excuse to escape as a young man and back to his origins is an effort to endear himself to the people who helped mold his personality. The characters and their roles in his fictional Minnesota setting were created from the attitudes, values and foibles he has learned to cherish and respect. Storkamp holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and did post graduate work at Pepperdine University in California, Nova University in Florida, Fordham University in New York, and the University of Texas, El Paso. He taught high school English and education courses at United States International University in San Diego. He earned a Doctor of Arts degree from East Coast University in Florida. Roger and his wife, Laurie, currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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